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Last edited 24 Mar 2019
Installing fire doors and doorsets (GG 86)
Fire safety for building occupants is maintained through the provision of adequate means of escape in the event of a fire and by ensuring the fabric of a building does not contribute significantly to fire growth in the early stages following ignition.
Fire doors serve three main purposes:
- To maintain the integrity of means of escape in the event of a fire.
- To isolate areas within a building that represent a significant fire risk.
- To provide access through compartment walls.
GG 86 is a 12-page Good Building Guide highlighting the importance of installing fire doorsets and shutters correctly to ensure the safety of building occupants and the protection of property. Key issues are identified and references provided to more comprehensive guidance documents. The Guide explains the importance of adequate testing, product quality, installation and maintenance, as well as the role of third-party certification schemes.
The contents of the guide are:
- Terms and definitions.
- Regulatory requirements.
- Test, assessment and classification requirements.
- Independent third-party certification or approval of fire protection products, systems and related services.
- Liaison between all parties.
- Maintenance and upgrading.
- Checklist decision tree.
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- Fire compartment.
- Fire detection and alarm systems.
- Fire Door Inspection Scheme.
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